It’s a sunny February afternoon. Sue Ringus, Managing Partner of Social Greenery, and LaTasha Timberlake, founder of Lillian Timber Farms, are taking a stroll through one of Lillian Timber Farms’ community gardens in Northeast Oklahoma City. Lillian Timber Farms is 501(c)3 nonprofit that creates sustainable community farms and education in underserved communities. “People come for the food and stay for the community,” Timberlake says.
We believe in community initiatives too. In fact, here at Social Greenery, we support sustainable community nonprofits so much that we made “community” one of our four core values. Our business model includes sustainability and community as key operational features. We rent out living, potted Christmas trees that are later collected and donated to be planted. So, when we had the opportunity to get to know the incredible faces behind Lillian Timber Farms, a beneficiary of some of our donated Christmas trees, we were over the moon.
Lillian Timber Farms has community garden plots in three locations across Northeast Oklahoma City and another location in Spencer, a rural community within Oklahoma City limits. With a volunteer roster more than seventy deep and many local businesses who pitch in with donated equipment, office space and even assistance starting seeds, this is truly a community building organization in terms of both footprint and human effort.
Timberlake emphasizes the need Lillian Timber Farms is meeting. Many of the neighbors of these pocket farms experience hunger and staggering poverty. The fresh, sustainable food goes a way to curbing the problem–“Change begins with what you eat” proudly declare the Lillian Timber Farms t-shirts. Just as importantly, the educational programming and volunteer opportunities empower community members.
The gardens themselves grow everything from flowers to fruits, and now our donated Christmas trees will be growing for decades alongside those annual harvests. Lillian Timber Farms received six donated Christmas trees from Social Greenery, and we’re proud to be a small piece of their community story too.
Closing the loop on our eco-friendly Christmas tree model comes down to our nonprofit partners. Check out OKC Beautiful's work with our living Christmas trees.
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